The Imago Film Festival seeks to showcase independent film that deals with faith issues, emphasizing image and story. The festival selects films capture the full spectrum of human emotion, experience, and spirituality.
We encourage filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to provide image and story dealing with the spiritual journey of human experience. We encourage films that experiment with the wonder and struggle of this journey.
Based at Judson University, the founders of the festival want attendees to rethink the way they engage film as consumers, appreciators, and believers. And the hope for the festival is that it opens a dialogue about who and what we’re meant to be as ethical beings.
The directors of the Imago Film Festival are compelled to think as Christians, beyond the confines typically placed on Christians by limited ideas of faith and art. The following tenets are drawn from the works of Dorothy Sayers, Madeleine L’Engle, and Flannery O’Connor.
- Good art is the result of an artist’s participation in God’s creative spirit even though the artist may be unaware of God’s exact role in artistic creation. Therefore, good art is like God’s creation: simultaneously bearing the mark of its creator and full of possibilities for the recipient. 1
- Good art engages the world in all its messiness and doesn’t shy away from controversial subjects. In line with the Biblical mandate to engage the world, good art deals with cultural issues in a moral effort to improve the world. 2
- Good art is not propaganda. Propaganda begins with dogma and forces artistic elements to fit the dogma. Propaganda is bad art and bad art is not Christian. Like Jesus’ parables, good art fundamentally challenges people at least as much as it comforts people. 3
- Good art is regularly produced by non-Christians. As evidenced by God’s choice of leaders in the Bible, God often chooses the least likely to do his good work (and sometimes will work through people who refuse to acknowledge Him). 4
- Good art is never gratuitous in its use of anything ranging from choices of technique to aspects of content. Among many other things, this includes the excessive use of profanity, violence, and nudity. Everything should serve the needs of the work as a whole. 5
1,3 Dorothy Sayers, "Toward a Christian Esthetic;" 2 Flannery O'Connor, "Novelist and Believer;" 4,5 Madeleine L'Engle, Walking on Water.